W. Glenn Opel, chair of Bracewell LLP’s public finance department has been elected to the board of directors of the American College of Bond Counsel, the firm announced on Tuesday.

Opel will serve a three-year term starting this month; previously, he chaired the ACBC’s membership selection committee. The ACBC is a national organization that recognizes lawyers who have distinguished themselves for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of bond law.

W. Glenn Opel of Bracewell LLP
W. Glenn Opel of Bracewell LLP

Opel is based in Austin, Texas, and focuses on public finance, infrastructure and transportation development, and public-private partnerships. He also advises governmental entities on traditional state and local municipal finance, transportation project finance, tax increment finance and public improvement districts.

In addition to acting as bond and disclosure counsel, Opel represents national and regional investment banking firms as underwriter’s counsel and letter of credit bank counsel in public finance transactions.

For 13 consecutive years, Opel has been selected in Woodward White Inc.’s Best Lawyers list, and was also chosen as its Austin’s Public Finance Law Lawyer of the Year for 2018, an honor he also received in 2013. He previously served as the commissioner for the City of Austin’s Water and Wastewater Commission.

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Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett is a journalist with more than 40 years of experience. Barnett is currently Senior Market Reporter for The Bond Buyer.